Tradition Meets Cutting Edge at the convergence of high quality art, craft, literature, music, film and food at the Lexington (Kentucky) Center, March 1-4, 2012 at Kentucky Crafted: The Market. And Georgia Made Georgia Grown LLC is honored to be invited as an out-of-state guest organization.
Eight Georgia artists, including Claytalker Sue Burkart Chisholm, will be exhibiting and selling at The Market. Read Sue’s story, then visit her in Booth #464
Being a Claytalker is about rearranging the ART of storytelling so that the Clay speaks. Equipped with a magnificent rolling pin, one small kiln,100 lbs of clay, plus a road map of the South, Burk’ Art Clayworks began in 1991.
We are now in our 20th year of producing, selling, and promoting the value of working One at Time, for One of a Kind. As the 20 seasons passed, my clay defined its voice. Now my hands intertwined with the white clay have a story to tell.
Springtime and the Holidays are my favorite times of year. Both seasons influence my art.
Working with delicate glazes in a fashion similar to a watercolorist rather than a potter, Natures Collage possesses a unique quality. Fresh petals create a collage of delicate impressions in the soft clay. Mother Nature’s natural objects, Victorian laces, or other vintage heirlooms are impressed for bolder texture. Those textures enrich the clay’s story as it frames the petals.
After a bisque firing; glaze colors are blended for application. Glazing one petal at a time, each individual piece of pottery becomes a one of a kind handmade fossil for the 21st century, a perfect mix of modern and vintage designs.
Once it is too hot to garden, to cool off, I play Christmas music. And I start producing the nativity scenes for Fall deliveries. I used a collection of family heirlooms as stamps in the clay, texturing either the robes or the animal bodies. The Nativity or Manger Scene now has over 20 pieces in the set.
Finishing touches on the Nativity Scene and the robes are textures derived from a collection of antiques and other treasures that span 5 generations. Traditions old and new are reflected in the collection.
www.burkartclay.com has the complete Burk’art story…